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Issue No. 1873

HIGHBURY Resource Centre and the Flexiteam in Islington council, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, has been subjected to a 'Best Value Review'.

The consultation on implementing this review began while union members were taking selective strike action over London weighting allowances. Social services managers had agreed to defer a meeting to the end of the strike.

Islington have now concluded what management describe as 'consultation' and refused to acknowledge any of our points.

They are deleting seven posts occupied by three staff on manual grades so as to pay for two senior management posts on £35,000.

The rest of the staff face interviews for their own jobs despite the posts being effectively downgraded. It is absolutely appalling that the lowest paid staff are facing redundancy by Christmas. What a present!

We think that our members and the families of the carers are right to ask how this change will benefit their daughters and sons who use the service. The Unison union branch has initiated the local disputes procedure and requested a ballot for strike action.
MIKE CALVERT, assistant branch secretary, Islington Unison Local Government Branch

For more information phone 020 7704 2155.


HACKNEY COUNCIL has at last come to an agreement with two workers it suspended.

The two council employees, Brian Debus and Will Leng, were joint branch secretaries of the Unison union. They were suspended when the council alleged they had sent a draft copy of a report on race relations to the Council for Racial Equality.

The deal means that all disciplinary charges against the two council workers have been dropped. The Unison branch office will also have its e-mail facility restored.

For further information phone the Unison branch office on 020 8356 4062.

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Sat 18 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1873
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